Cape Town to sue destructive protesters

2012-08-22 09:35

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will sue those responsible for damaging council property in recent protests, it was reported on Wednesday.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith told the Cape Times it was not fair for ratepayers to have to bear the burden of such damages.

"This is money squandered on services which were already in place, and hinders other service delivery," he was quoted as saying.

Investigators were busy identifying perpetrators by scanning closed-circuit television footage, and would go into communities to identify suspects.

According to the report, it was estimated that R6m would have to be spent to repair traffic lights, street lights, paving, roads, bins and toilets.

  • Willie - 2012-08-22 09:44

    Nail them, thugs from some youth organisation

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-08-22 09:46

      Agreed!!! Why should we just shut up and pay?!?!

      dewalds3 - 2012-08-22 09:50

      The perpetrators will not have any money. The lawyers fees and the extended vacation in Polsmoor will still be for your account. One must think of these things before voting yes in referendums...

      Lacrimose - 2012-08-22 10:01

      @dewald3 - then those who can't pay should be sentenced to fixing what they destroyed

      Victoria - 2012-08-22 10:20

      @lacrimose.wolf I could not agree more! If you cant pay then serve community service and fix all that you have broken!

      esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-22 10:43

      @dewalds3 - let them do community sevice like cleaning streets, working at morgues,etc if they do not have the money to pay

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-22 11:02

      @dewald the bullet is still the cheapest option. If they want to behave like animals with rabies, then put them down that way

      Nads - 2012-08-22 11:05

      This is how it should be, actions have consequences!!

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-22 11:52

      Dewalds3 is correct, devon has the right idea.

  • logical007 - 2012-08-22 09:49

    Shoot them!

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-22 09:50

    sue the krap out of them, and do it big. GO Cape Town

  • punkdrachel - 2012-08-22 09:51

    Sure they can sue them.. but what do they have? what could they possibly get out of the perpetrators to cover 6mil? unless they have 6 mill of tuk stashed in their shacks.. I don't see the point.

      lydonmcg - 2012-08-22 10:02

      At the very least it'll set an example to future protesters to act like civilised human beings.

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-08-22 10:07

      I doubt it is actually about getting the money, it is about making a point that it is not acceptable and holding people accountable. With any luck the judge will be creative when deciding on the punishment, although even if he is not it will still prove a point.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-22 10:18

      They can sue the organizers, such as the Unions, ANC and the other politically motivated.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-22 10:36

      Yes Larry, The idea is to sue the organisers. Few, if any, marches turning into mob violence and destruction, are spontaneous. They are usually organised by entities with lots of money, who can afford T-shirts, loud-hailers, buses and the rest for a successful and nice destruction of other's property and invasion of their space. Irony is that I did suggest that the public makes the country un-g0vernable to stop violence/murder (this was before Marikana), and road deaths. Our esteemed modu-rator thought it well to delete my post, yet the ANCYL may write letters to Ms HZ (with impunity), stating the same. I think the public would be quite keen to create and assist in a fund to build a jail or two, for the exclusive accommodation of rioters and destructors of property. 90% of the "Anger" that is used as a reason for such behaviour is usually misdirected. An inanimate municipal building or school is not the cause of poor service delivery or poor education. Higher understanding come with higher education...........

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-22 13:37

      Punkdrachel, make them work. There are lots of jobs they can do. It may even teach them something.

  • johan.pieters - 2012-08-22 09:53

    Its just so much easier to break and tear down, opposed to building and uplifting your community...

  • Matthew - 2012-08-22 09:56

    Yes.find them.arrest them.if they cant pay up,then a few years of comunity service.they can maintain/clean up the mess that they made.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-22 10:01

    Excellent! Sue the pants off of them.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-22 10:06

    DA knows nothing about negotiations, they always depend on the court of law to fight political battles. Go ahead sue the unemployed masses, you will write the debt off anyway. Cape Town has never been a friendly environment for the poor. They voted DA for change, little they knew the worse was to come.

      andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-08-22 10:11

      hi Peter, what would you propose they do ?

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-22 10:18

      Please Peter , those destroying stuff are anc voter die hards obeying the yoof leegs instructions.Even if things were improving for them they would make trouble. They should be deported to the e.cape to serve their sentences once convicted

      butch.poulter - 2012-08-22 10:20

      And I suppose the ANC/Unions know all about peaceful out of court negotiations?

      Victoria - 2012-08-22 10:29

      Okay @Peter.ndamase, just because I am unhappy, I have decided its a good idea to come break your personal property - its not my problem because I did not pay for it, nor will have to pay to fix it. Thing is: you will probably go to the police and report it, I will then be charged with damage to property and due process will follow. Yet if I am angry/unhappy I can break what belongs to the public and there are no repercussions... What planet are you from? If you damage property irrespective if it is govt. property or private property, the law remains the law and you should be dealt with accordingly. I suppose this will make no difference to you as you come from a land of milk and honey - where you don't have to do anything and everything is handed to you on a silver platter!

      wp.stormers - 2012-08-22 10:48

      Peter please explain to me who has given you or your ANC brethren the right to destroy public property that has been paid for by hard working law abiding citizens of the Western Cape? We all know the unemployed masses are not originally from the Western Cape but were bussed in from the Eastern Cape by the ANC to try and destabilise a thriving democracy with numbers. There was no thought on the ANC part of how are we ever going to employ them once they are here, by hey we don’t care as long as we can rule till Jesus comes.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-22 13:40

      Peter.ndamase, you always see things the way you choose to see them.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-22 10:16

    Good, at last there may be some justice and a clear warning against these thugs.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-22 10:22

    Problem is it all gets given to them, so why the hell should they care. It is time for Mr Zuma to man up and be heard. It just sickens me the way crime is rampant in this country, unless we get a strong government we are doomed to riotous behaviour.

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-22 10:26

    Good work! Make em pay

  • The_Bear - 2012-08-22 10:32

    how do you sue those without any money...they should be forced to work off the debt to the ratepayers by way of cleaning up the mess and fixing the damage. The CTC Council at least has the strength to do something rather than just let it go without recourse...which leads to a condition of acceptance and tacit permission to behave badly

  • wendy.craig.9655 - 2012-08-22 10:32

    Even legal protestors should have to put up a hefty deposit BEFORE they protest. Refundable only if nothing is damaged.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-22 12:00

      That's a bit counter productive, don't let these fools influence you. Protesting should be free, it's our right as people to protest what we are unhappy about. How are poor people supposed to deposit money to protest being unemployed? Rather meet violent protests with force and reward peaceful protest with kindness. It's a fine line you walk between protecting people and removing freedoms.

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-22 10:39

    Good one, Cape Town.These thugs always get away with the destruction they cause

  • rainbownationrsa - 2012-08-22 10:39

    I am sure they will not need to hunt for them, rather just go to the local ACYL meeting or look at their member roster and you will find all the perpetrators.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-22 10:49

    High time - would love to see other municipalities following suit

  • keith.recore - 2012-08-22 12:00

    filing suit? how much will this cost to pursue as opposed to arrest and adjudication? if they have no money to pay if civil judgement attained, how do the ratepayers collect?

  • chris.booise - 2012-08-22 13:06

    It's by time! And don't forget to nail the organisations that's responsible as well.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-22 13:35

    Sue them and ANCYL too. It's about time they learn responsibility.

  • nicole.bowes.54 - 2012-08-22 14:58

    great idea - but what is the province going to get out of them? the few rand they have? if they ever find the culprits in the first place! I completely agree that tax payers should not pay for what they destroyed, the communities that they live in should brunt that burden - then maybe the good people in those areas will help put a stop to this destruction

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